Jazz on the Move is a popular jazz performance and educational series, presented by the Nashville Jazz Workshop at the Frist Art Museum. This year it is continuing for its 13th season, and will be held on various Sundays throughout the Spring. Presented by some of Nashville’s top jazz performers and educators, each presentation features a lecture and performance highlighting a major jazz figure or era. All performances will be held at 3:00 PM on their respective Sundays, and are free and open to the public. Below are the highlights for this year’s performances. For more information, you can visit the Nashville Jazz Workshop website.
January 13 – The Music of Chet Baker with George Tidwell and Jim Ferguson
One of the pioneers of the “West Coast Jazz” sound, Chet Baker was a hugely influential figure in jazz from the 50’s until his death in ’88.
February 10 – Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” with Rahsaan Barber and Jamey Simmons. A Presentation for Black History Month.
Miles Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians, of any genre, of the 20th century. His career spanned every genre in jazz, and crossed the paths of many other jazz greats. His album “Kind of Blue” is widely considered his masterpiece, and was hugely influential in the direction jazz would take in the coming years and decades. The album was certified quadruple platinum.
March 10 – The Life and Music of Nina Simone with Dara Tucker. A Presentation for Women’s History Month.
Nina Simone was a prolific recording artist whose music spanned almost every genre of the day, from jazz to classical to pop. She was an avid Civil Rights activist, and much of her music in the 60’s and 70’s had a distinct protest tinge to it. She recorded over 40 albums, inspiring many future vocalists.
April 14 – The Life and Music of Stan Getz with Don Aliquo
With a career spanning four decades, Stan Getz was another prolific recording artist, having recorded over 150 albums in that time. Getz was known for a warm sound and light touch, styling himself after players like Lester Young. Much of the success of Bossa Nova music as it gained popularity in the States can be attributed to Getz, as he was the most high-profile proponent for this Brazilian music in the 1960’s.